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Mandolin' Club de Paris Disques Festival - Postcard mandolin orchestra

The Mandolin’ Club de Paris – Videos, a Postcard…

The Mandolin’ Club de Paris was a very successful mandolin orchestra which has recorded several albums. The orchestra was conducted by Jeanne Ricada Mathorez (1887 – 1980). A recording of the orchestra has been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1954.

I have found two albums by the Mandolin’ Club at Spotify. I have listened to those two albums – and I must say that the recordings are made very well. The mandolin orchestra is using flutes, castagnettes, Hawaii guitar or the piano as additional instruments to make the performences interesting.

I have recently found two great videos with the Mandolin’ Club de Paris at youtube – you should really watch those videos! By the way – Ricada Mathorez (born in 1887) is aged 80 in the second video, and almost 87 in the first!

2 03 1974 Mandolin’ Club de Paris Top à Jacques Dutronc

Le Mandoline Club de Paris joue “Les bateliers de la Volga”

26 novembre 1968
Le Mandolin’s Club de Paris joue “Les bateliers de la Volga”, musique traditionnelle russe. Émissions TV, Archive tv, Archive television, tv replay live, live music, french tv Images d’archive INA
Institut National de l’Audiovisuel

Video must be viewed directly on youtube: http://youtu.be/rJJ_YPooEA4

I have just bought some sheet music with two pieces by Jose Santis that have been played and recorded by the Mandolin’ Club – Cortijera und Ole Jerez! On the cover you can find a picture of the orchestra and the following:

2 Formidables Paso Dobles de Celebre Compositeur Espagnol Jose Sentis.

Cortiera – Olé Jérez!

Enregistrés sur disques Festival par

Le Mandolin’ Club de Ricada Mathorez

Grand Prix du Disque 1954

I do also own a postcard of the Mandolin’ Club with their instruments nicely decorated in front of the orchestra. I have made a small gallery withthe 3 pictures – just click on one of the picture to open the gallery:

I do not know how long the Mandolin’ Club de Paris has existed. Ricada Mathorez died in 1980, probably the club stopped playing some years after those videos were made.

Additional Information

Two records of the Mandolin’ Club are available at spotify – just search for “Mandolin Club” .

Blog post in French about  the Mandolin’ Club de Paris

Jeanne Ricarda Mathorez – biographie (French)

(a translation of this would be great)

Wikipedia about Jose Sentis

Playliste with the videos of the Mandolin’ Club de Paris and some compositions by Jose Sentis in histoirical recordings and modern versions for mandolin orchestra

A video with the recording of “Lisboa Antigua” can be found on the following page: Lisboa Antigua

Amazon Partnerlink – Two albums als mp3 Download:


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Joseph Rico – The famous Neapolitan Composer

Joseph Rico (1876-1957) was a composer from Napoli at the beginning of the 20th century who is famous for his slow waltzes. But he has also published a series of collections for the mandolin. I do possess 5 books with compositions for the mandolin by Joseph Rico and I have just made a video with one of the pieces.

When I played through one of the books a piece named Schottisch Indiscrète was the one that I liked immediately. A Schottisch is a dance similar to a Poka, and is also seen as a predecessor of the Ragtime. I have added photos of the mandolin books by Joseph Rico in my video.

La Mandoline en France – Joseph Rico – Schottisch Indiscrète

Eternel Souvenir – Joseph Rico – Romance Sans Paroles

One of the most famous compositions by Joseph Rico is the slow waltz J’ai tant pleuré, which was very successfull in 1907. This composition is also contained in one of the mandolin books that I own. There are several videos of the original versions of this song at youtube.

Bérard – J’ai tant pleuré – 1907 (Belle Epoque)

J’ai tant pleuré (J. Rico)
(Valse Chantée)
(avec accompagnement d’Orchestre)
Mr. Bérard
de l’Eldorado, Paris

Disque Odéon, chanson n° 60518
ca. 1907

Encore une chanson d’Adolphe Bérard, mais j’aime beaucoup ce chanteur. D’abord parce qu’il a une voix qu’on reconnait tout de suite, et aussi pour les chansons qu’il chante. Ici, c’est une chanson mélodramatique, une valse typique de la Belle Epoque, et un énorme succès en 1907 (à un tel point que 50 plus tard, “J’ai tant pleuré” était encore enregistré par Réda Caire et André Dassary!). Cette valse a été enregistré par Dickson, mais la version enregistré la plus connue est sans doute celle de Bérard, qui date de 1907/1908. Un des succès de Bérard dans son registre “chanteur de charme”. L’autre face du disque est aussi un succès, c’est “Gaby”, encore plus mélodramatique!

Marjal “J’ai tant pleuré”

Valse Belle époque crée par Dickson en 1907. L’interprétation de Marjal est plus récente (!!!) bien entendu. Des infos sur Marjal??? Dur dur…. sinon qu’il a beaucoup enregistré les tubes des autres.

Now a modern version of this song by a singer who calles himself Wanderratten – maybe a little bit to fast:

J’ai tant pleuré pour toi

In 2003 a CD with compositions by Joseph Rico was produced, a CD that I like very much. On the homepage http://www.josephricomusic.com/ you can listen to examples from this CD and find more information about Joseph Rico.

Joseph Rico is also connected to the Rico company which is the biggest producer of reeds for saxophone and clarinet today, he sent high quality reeds from France to the USA where his brother had started to sell reeds in the USA.

Links about Joseph Rico

Homepage: http://www.josephricomusic.com/

Informationen about Joseph Rico: http://www.delabelleepoqueauxanneesfolles.com/Rico.htm